#628 (22/6/22) GIFTS ARE FOR THE IMMATURE
‘When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.’ (1 Corinthians 13:11)
This is an illustration of what he just said in v.10; the ‘completeness’ that we will have when Jesus returns is likened to a child becoming mature. In this era, before Jesus’ return, We are all immature. As such, we need the gifts for our growth and nourishment. However, as a child sheds the womb, milk, nappies, crawling, gurgling… so we will shed this age of immaturity; at Jesus’ return, we will no longer need the gifts of the Spirit.
This is not an encouragement to grow up and be mature. Here, Paul is not rebuking the Corinthians as he did in 1:1-3. There is tells them:
‘Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.’ (1 Corinthians 1:1)